AFCEA Aids Disaster Relief in
North Carolina With STEM Grant
It can be easy to forget that AFCEA is more than a professional asso- ciation—AFCEA is a community.
When the southeastern United States
was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew
in October, the AFCEA Educational
Foundation and the North Carolina
and South Carolina Low Country
chapters were able to provide assistance to local schools in the hardest-hit areas.
The storm caused more than $1.5 billion in damage to more than 100,000
homes, businesses, schools and government buildings in North Carolina. One
town, Lumberton, was hit especially
hard. The AFCEA community is assisting with relief efforts there.
Lumberton Junior High School was
not damaged, but it absorbed more
than 100 students from nearby schools
that were. To aid the recovery, AFCEA
provided a $1,000 science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM)
grant to Phyllis King’s seventh- and
eighth-grade classes to purchase a
laptop, invention kits, solar labs and
The students at Lumberton Junior
High are planning to participate in
the North Carolina Future City Competition this month. During the
The AFCEA Educational Foundation provided Lumberton Junior High School in North
Carolina with a $1,000 STEM grant in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Damages in the
state totaled more than $1.5 billion.
contest, students will solve an engineering problem, create a virtual city
and build a physical model. In addition, robotics and solar education
are being added to King’s curriculum
this year. The STEM grant will greatly
assist with these initiatives.
This type of local support in the
wake of a natural disaster would not
be possible without AFCEA’s gen-
erous chapters, corporate members
and sponsors and individual mem-
bers who donate to the AFCEA Edu-
cational Foundation on an annual
basis. To make a donation, please
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